Holmside (County Durham)
The village of Holmside lies a couple of miles north of Lanchester, to the south of Stanley. The main monument is the manor house. It was probably built in the 15th century, and although it has been altered since traces of the earliest building can still be seen. A line of buildings stood along the north side of the courtyard. One of these buildings may have been a chapel. Medieval stone windows can still be seen, as well as the carved stone figure of a man blowing a musical instrument. Another possible chapel can be seen in the buildings to the south of the courtyard. There are also the remains of a moat that once surrounded the hall. This may have been to defend the inhabitants against raids from Scotland, though moats were also built as a sign of status, to show how important the owner was.
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